About the Program

The Program trains individuals to function as multi-skilled technicians in ambulatory health care delivery systems. Specific skills include administrative and clinical duties. Additional skills include 12-lead electrocardiography, dysrhythmia interpretation, stress testing, Holter monitor and scanning, phlebotomy, pharmacology and administration of medications and fundamentals of medical insurance with coding.

Medical Assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical procedures in ambulatory health care delivery systems such as physicians offices, clinics and out-patient facilities.

Administrative duties include using computer applications, maintaining and filing patient medical records, coding and completing insurance forms, scheduling appointments, arranging hospital admissions and laboratory services, handling correspondence, billing and bookkeeping, reception and telephone duties.

Clinical duties include assisting the physician during exams, collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, performing basic CLIA waived laboratory tests, administering medications as directed by the physician, drawing blood, performing EKG's, recognizing dysrhythmias, assisting with minor surgery and sterile procedures, taking patient medical histories, instructing patients about medications, special diets and treatment procedures.

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A Career as a Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant is a multi-skilled allied health professional trained to function in ambulatory care, outpatient clinics, and physicians’ offices. The training and education involves administrative front office skills (the business end of the medical practice) and clinical patient care skills. A high degree of flexibility, adaptability, critical thinking is necessary to perform as a medical assistant. People skills are as important as technical skills. Medical Assistants in the front office and back office areas represent the quality care provided by the medical practice. A Medical Assistant works under the supervision of a physician or other health practitioner. The duties of Medical Assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner’s specialty.

Medical Assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing health careers through 2022 according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job market is excellent for a committed, competent, caring Medical Assistant.

Why should you consider a career as a Medical Assistant?

Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing health careers according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Demand for medical assistants continues to increase as the health care industry grows.

Medical Assistants are at the frontline of every successful medical practice. Health care providers rely on the medical assistant who is cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical procedures in ambulatory health care delivery systems.  Administrative duties include utilizing electronic medical records, coding insurance claims, billing, bookkeeping and scheduling appointments for diagnostic studies.  Clinical duties include taking patient medical histories, assisting the physician during exams, collecting specimens, performing CLIA-waived laboratory tests, administering medications as directed by the physician, performing EKG’s, drawing blood, assisting with minor surgery and patient education. Responsibilities will depend on the size of the practice.

The HCC Coleman College program trains medical assistants to be multi-skilled and prepared for a fast-paced environment and an in-demand- career.

Admission Steps

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Degree Plan

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Houston Community College Medical Assistant Program is to provide quality training and education in medical assisting skills so that our graduates will be employable as entry level Certified Medical Assistants.  The program purpose encompasses the belief that our students are adult learners who want to be successful and provide competent, caring, and compassionate health care services to our communities of interest.

Accreditation Information

Upon the recommendation for the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), the Medical Assistant Program at Houston Community College, Coleman College for Health Sciences, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756-6039, 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-201-2354, www.caahep.org

Students are expected to sit for and successfully pass the national Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam to receive the credential CMA (AAMA).  The CMA examination is administered throughout the year. Contact the AAMA for testing dates and fees at 1-800-ACT-AAMA or the American Association of Medical Assistants at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL, 60606-2903, 1-800-228-2262, www.aama-ntl.org

Felons are not eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) examination unless the AAMA Certifying Board grants a waiver.  You may contact the AAMA for the information concerning grounds for denials or eligibility for the Certified Medical Assistant CMA (AAMA) credential.

Program Requirements

Applicants are accepted for enrollment fall and spring semesters. All interested applicants must attend a program session held the first Thursday of the month (unless a holiday) at 5:30 p.m. Registration required through www.colemanconnection.org . The TSI (Texas Success Initiative) test (unless earned an Associate Degree or higher) is required. If TSI is not met, the applicant must complete these courses- INRW 0420 or HPRS 1271, MATH 0409 or TECM 1303 with completion with a grade of “C” or better. Prerequisites required for the program are HPRS 1201 and ENGL 1301 with completion of “C” or better. An Official High School and/or College Transcripts or GED is to be submitted with the application. Application deadline is July 15 for fall and November 15 for spring. Applications are to be submitted to student services. Program director approval is required for enrollment. All applicants who qualify for admission to MDCA classes are scheduled for personal interview with the program faculty member. Financial Aid is available for all qualified applicants.

Interviews and Evaluation for Admission

Applicants who qualify for admission to MDCA classes are scheduled for a personal interview with a program faculty member. Applicants are selected based on a point system, which includes test scores and interview. Applicants are notified of their enrollment status at closure of the interview. Students matriculating with MDCA program receive a letter of acceptance.

All applicants who are accepted for the MDCA Program must complete a criminal background check by Certified Background Check. Negative results could prevent matriculation with HCCS Medical Assistant Program. All applicants who are accepted into the MDCA Program must complete a Urine Substance Abuse Panel 10 (SAP10) with integrity checks for creatinine and pH levels. Negative results could prevent matriculation with HCCS Medical Assistant Program. A physical exam with current immunizations is required. The cost for drug screen, background check and physical exam with immunizations is the responsibility of the accepted applicant. The matriculation process includes completion of the background check, physical exam, immunizations and SAP10 testing.

Persons interested in applying should contact an advisor at the Coleman College for Health Sciences (713-718-7508).. For further information, please see the general applications procedures for Health Science programs  http://coleman.hccs.edu/about-us/how-to-apply/

Student Outcomes

  1. Perform entry level skills as a Medical Assistant
  2. Demonstrate administrative competency as a Medical Assistant
  3. Exhibit the ability to safely perform clinical skills
  4. Differentiate between normal and abnormal results in a clinical setting

Essential Functions

The essential functions outline reasonable expectations of a student to participate and be potentially successful in the Medical Assistant Program and in the profession. The Medical Assistant student must be able to function in a variety of classroom, lab and/or clinical situations while maintaining the essential competencies of Medical Assistant in the field. These requirements apply for the purpose of admission and continuation in the program.

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Program Costs

Semester 1In DistrictOut of District
Tuition (16 hours) $1080 $2,232
Books $892 $892
Uniforms $150 $150
Parking (4 months) $320 $320
Physical Exam $100 $100
Immunizations $200 $200
Background Check/Drug Screen $95 $95
Medical Insurance $150 $150
Supplies $75 $75
Total $2,787 $3,939


Semester 2In DistrictOut of District
Tuition (15 hours) $1,014 $2,094
Books $225 $225
Parking (4 months) $320 $320
Total $1,239 $2,319


Semester 3In DistrictOut of District
Tuition (10 hours) $747 $1,400
Books $300 $300
Parking (2 months) $160 $160
Credential Exam $125 $125
Total $1,332 $1,985


Estimated cost total Year$5,433$8,313


*All costs are approximate and subject to change at any time

To calculate that approximate cost of tuition and fees for the Medical Assistant Program, go to www.hccs.edu  and search for “tuition calculator.”

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